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March 11, 2012

5

Like Crazy

by Franz Patrick


Like Crazy (2011)
★ / ★★★★

Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and Anna (Felicity Jones) met at the end of senior year in the university. He was an aspiring furniture designer, she had a passion for writing. After Anna confessed her feelings for Jacob on a note she left on his car, the two decided to hang out and, over time, their relationship naturally blossomed to the next level. Summer arrived and Anna was scheduled to go back to England for two months because her student visa was about to expire. While she was in the U.K., the plan was for her to acquire a working visa and return after two months. However, Anna decided to stay last-minute because she feared the prospect of being apart from her boyfriend for so long. Written by Drake Doremus and Ben York James, “Like Crazy” rubbed me the wrong way not because Anna foolishly decided that rules did not apply to her. After all, everyone is entitled to make a mistake once in a while. The picture was supposed to be a romantic drama but I didn’t find anything romantic nor dramatic about it. While Jacob was bearable, I found Anna to be completely detestable for her selfishness and neediness. Their symbiotic relationship was parasitic rather than mutualistic which was toxic because the basis of the film was for us to root for the protagonists to be together when they were apart and discover small details about themselves when they were together. Since I could only relate to Jacob, it sounds rotten but I actually wanted him to find another girl when Anna wasn’t looking. Sam (Jennifer Lawrence), Jacob’s assistant at work, seemed to be a very good choice. Not only did Sam look gorgeous, it seemed like she knew what she wanted and how she was going to get it. That’s more than I can say about Anna, consistently looking uncouth at work and whose idea of relaxing was drinking. Moreover, the way in which the film presented the difficulties of sustaining long distance relationships felt superficial. There were scenes involving missed calls, voice messages about how late it was and how the couple was exhausted from work, and platitudes about maybe trying again the next day, but what did people in Jacob and Anna’s lives have to say about it? For instance, in my experience, friends get really frustrated when one of their friend’s relationship takes over his or her life. I didn’t like that the social angle was treated like it wasn’t important. Reality is, sometimes, friendships can make or break romantic relationships for whatever reason. However, the film was most exciting when Anna’s parents (Alex Kingston, Oliver Muirhead) interacted with Jacob and Anna. It was a refreshing change because even though we didn’t know much about them, their chemistry seemed effortless. The manner in which they spoke with one another sounded genuine, like a real married couple who had been together for many years. Still, there was one masterstroke I spotted in the film. That is, when the mother looked at her daughter and told her that she’d changed ever since Anna got together with Simon (Charlie Bewley). The line was delivered so succinctly, I wasn’t sure if the mother considered the change as good or bad. “Like Crazy,” directed by Drake Doremus, is an example of how improvised dialogue can lead nowhere. While the actors sounded like a real couple, I was never convinced that the people they were portraying were worthy of each other’s feelings.

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mar 11 2012

    I am not a big fan of this film. I still want my $12 back >:[

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    • Mar 15 2012

      Forget the $$$, I want my time back. I’m normally a big fan of Yelchin but this movie made me wonder what made him choose to be a lead in it.

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      • Mar 16 2012

        When you think about it though, I guess that’s the whole point of the movie. Like Crazy. That’s how you get when you’re in love. It doesn’t make sense to anyone but yourself

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  2. shar
    May 9 2012

    I have read a few reviews about the movie Like Crazy and there were mixed feelings. I know some people who totally loved it and some who thought it was dumb. My friend who I work with at Dish told me she really enjoyed it, it really showed how dumb people can get while they are in love. I watched the trailer and it still seems like a movie that I would watch. So I still plan to watch it when it arrives to me home. I ordered it in Blockbuster @Home so it should be coming soon. I’ll let you know what I think.

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    • May 13 2012

      Yeah, definitely let me know what you thought of it. I hope you enjoy it more than I did. I wanted and tried to like it because I’m a big fan of Yelchin and Lawrence, but there were so many things about it that felt too forced for me. While I agree that people tend to make dumb decisions when they’re “in love,” I think the picture’s contrivances ultimately got in the way of itself. I’m interested to hear some of the reasons why it works for others.

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